October 28, 2017 Subject:
The man (woman) next to you, He (she) is your brother (sister)
A peaceful place or so it looks from space..
I am guilty of handing out 4 and 5 bolts like candy myself. HE HAD TO DIE! but truthfully if i like, enjoy the show i am gonna reflect that in my rating. Sometimes I just don't have the energy or willpower to do a written review so I will place more emphasis on the star thing.
I personally prefer straight up boards myself but with that said Hunter S. is crafting these Matrix's and being sweetly selective in his choices of shows. I consider Hunter S. an artist in the same way I consider Donna Jean an artist. So IT HURTS ME TOO.. As for C Hucker, I enjoyed his time over at the Forum. He was able to occasionally organize our MORE OR LESS in LINE motley crew. and he did/does? have some unique insights into the GD catalog.(But NOT in this case imho)
I favorited this after listening to 'Easy to Love You' and the sound is great. Hopefully will get a full show listen in.
July 10, 2015 Subject:
There Are Too Many People Giving Out Too Many Fives To Too Many Shows...
...As well as too many fours. And this is one of them.
I've just had the heartbreaking experience of listening to Hunter Seamons' matrix of the 28th and I'm absolutely sick about what I heard. At 13:50 of Franklin's Tower, Jerry's voice is already gone. He and the band are only into his second song of the evening and his voice is shreaded and trashed and all I do is lower and shake my head in sadness and disgust. I couldn't even listen to the rest of Franklin's Tower with Jerry straining to achieve some kind of reasonable sound out of his mouth. It was painful having to hear it and I couldn't listen to anything else he "sang" after that, knowing how horrid the rest of his portion of the show was going to be; also imagining how pissed off and frustrated he (and the band) must have been not being able to do his job properly. I had to abort the rest of the tune I was so upset and go straight to The Music Never Stopped to get some much needed inspiration. What a shitty on-stage situation to be in with nine fingers of golden ecstacy at the ready. And the crazy fool (newbie?) ahead of my 28th review had the "presence of mind" to praise the show with five stars??? This ridiculous flummer and tomfoolery has got to stop.
I'm sorry gentlemen, the emperor has no clothes (or maybe in this case, he only has on his long underwear). I don't agree with the majority of the reviews here even if it is in support of Hunter, which I can understand. This October 27th show is just too uneven. Jack Straw and Minglewood have no edge to them at all - especially Minglewood (although M&MU > Big River rip). I'm not much of a poker player but, personally for me, Minglewood has always been a "tell" and a pretty good barameter for a great show worthy of five stars.
If the brazen, gut-bucket emotion in Bobby's growl is there, as in the Uptown's 2.27.81, and I'm sitting here in 2015 in my highchair with my Cheerios and nippled milk bottle thinking, "Ah oh, Bobby's a mighty ballsy, swaggerin', struttin' cock full of piss and jibblets tonight. This man is gonna take MY girl's... my pacifier away from me if I'm not careful" - I know there's a chance the show might be special. But it isn't there. Listen to him again and then listen to Philadelphia, Rochester, or Providence's fiery spark of irreverence performed ten month later. It's truly electric and it blows this version away. Bobby had a huge part in lifting those '80 east coast rocket ships off the ground. Even the studio version on their first album is better, and studio versions are usually tame compared to live performance. It also didn't help much that Jerry's voice was shot the entire year from drug abuse and laryngitis, never having given his throat a seriously needed rest in January - keeping the corporation afloat. Being way off key every third note, cracking, and generally sounding horrible can't be dismissed. It's embarrassing when a non-head walks into the room. It's the main reason I don't listen to much of anything past '82, the acoustic JGB being an exception.
Don't get me wrong, I love '79 with it's energy, instrumental virtuosity, and the addition of Brent but, it's not easy finding truly exceptional shows this year (which is what a five should be) with Jerry singing so badly. Thankfully, he's not extra-ordinarily horrible tonight with the added audience ambience to this SBD also helping soften it. That is very much appreciated from Hunter.
And the last thing I want to see with a sanctified heading of five stars is being lead down the garden path to a mailed-in and forgettable R&R and OMSN ending (Yes, I admit I'm prejudiced about that but, I'm not dogmatic, begrudgingly giving a very hot 5.2.81 the highest rating). Mr. Seamons did a wonderful job taking the time to mix this show, improving it considerably. And the second set features only one of two Dancing > Franklin's Tower segues ever done - done very well BTW with an excellent transition. But this is not a magical, "X" Factor show. It's a GOOD show, not a GREAT or exceptional show and there's a big difference when comparing it to the best ones deserving five stars. There is no 8.31.80 or 9.2.80 or 9.4.80 or 2.27.81 or 12.5.81 or 12.1.79 or 5.8 or 5.9 or 5.22.77 (the whole damn month) or 11.11.73 or 6.9 or 6.10.76 (I could go on for a hundred more) spark of magic with pixie-dusted elixirs being poured or sprinkled on everybody's heads from Bacchus or Dionysius (if you happen to live or be from the other side of the Adriatic Sea). It's an uneven performance. I need a meaty beaty big and bouncy - nastyass - ending that makes me go "Wow, I would have given my left nut to have been there" sending me in my nightie to my crib, proving to me this was more than an above-average show. Because just an average show was pretty damn good to me! With only one Morning Dew played the whole freakin' year from Jerry's chords probably being sore at the end of each show, this would have been the perfect time for it IF he could have done it. Or an UJB > GDTRFB > Good Lovin' or Lovelight (I'm sure they could remember how to play it from seven years before, not doing it again until '81) or wicked Sugar Mag at the very very least. And then Bobby could have done his ubiquitous weekend throw-away OMSN encore. That would have been four stars.
Sorry Guys. Too much fanatical cool aide is being sipped while wearing rose colored glasses writing these reviews, and not enough coffee and skeptical 20/20 vision. I don't particularly like being the wet blanket under this love fest decrying "the emperor has no clothes" but, I'm not seeing much balance, care, discrimination, or objectivity being taken in many of these reviews (supposedly) trying to help newbies find shows worthy of being given the highest rating. It simply makes this review board meaningless (and yes, I'm being hyperbolic). I love and respect these Guyz, their efforts, and this music too much to review them idly or flippantly. Phew.
September 13, 2013 Subject:
Hunter vs. Hucker
Yes, Chris Hucker's one-star anti-Hunter campaign is well documented across many of these matrix recordings. It's too bad the Chris Hucker is completely wrong about the whole purpose for Hunter's Miller SDB/killer AUD layerings. He isn't doing this just to pointlessly add audience noise on top of a soundboard--he is doing it to even the sound out and make the music BETTER. Even Charlie Miller can't make dusty 2- and 4-track 'work' tapes sound perfect. These were not meant to be studio-quality releases; they were tapes made for the band to play back and check out their jams, and most of the time they didn't even do that. It was just routine to record the shows (thanks Owsley and Dan). They weren't trying to record official live releases every single night. So, many SDBs from the post-Betty, pre-digital period were recorded using only a couple of tracks instead of 24-track pro recordings (like you hear on Europe '72). These late-'70s/early-'80 boards sound flat and lifeless. Too much or too little bass, whacked out levels, overpowering Jerry or kick drums, etc. Hunter fixes this by evening out the sound with a thin, crispy, kickass AUD that was taped by a pro (not likely to capture a lot of crowd noise in the first place). In a Seamons Matrix, instruments come through better, brighter, and vocals are more evenly blended. Suddenly, the sound goes from low to hi-fi. All thanks to Hunter.
So Chris, get informed, and stop leaving rants based on a totally incorrect position.
January 11, 2013 Subject:
ciff fucker 1 star???? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!stop it !
5 stars just for defiling the sacrad name of hunter seamons.
matrix is as close to being IN Front of the band
hearing the monitors in front, the 1000's of heads cheering behind, its a "reality" i can go visit whenever.
my ears were not 20-40 ft up a pole(Aud) nor were they "at" every microphone (sound board)
perhap u need to take some LSD to help stop being so anal , just listen & enjoy.
stop jerking off your brain to all of us.
stop your whinin& belly achin u sissy, grow up.
October 2, 2010 Subject:
Why complain all the time? It's not good for your health
And it gets Soooooooooo Old. Very boring, even more boring than people that hype their first show.
if you think this matrix is a sacralidge, quit your poo pooing and go listen to the umpteen other copies of it.
go find the strait source sbd if you must
I love fall 79 and a good matrix
October 1, 2010 Subject:
Troll-boy movie about Cliff Hucker
Cliff Hucker is a Grateful Dead troll factory. Cliff was born to "live to hate". Cliff is a Troll's troll.
Hunter Seamons created a nice sounding matrix for this show. Thanks Hunter!
Never mind the wrath of Cliff. Instead, have a good laugh - at Cliffy's expense. View the 3-minute movie Cliff made about his sicko Troll-boy.
February 4, 2010 Subject:
Adding crowd noise to a pristine Charlie Miller soundboard is a faux pas. Would you put ice in a glass of fine wine?
This is cheesy, it's like adding a laugh-track to a television sit com...
February 4, 2010 Subject:
Cliff Hucker doesn't know how to spell or see the light of
multiple sources... not to mention a job well done by mr. seamons on many many matrix's for all us heads to reap freely. btw, it's sacrilegious son
anyway, enough with the children. thanks Hunter I always appreciate your work, interesting to see you are using FCP to create your matrix's having used it a bit it myself makes sense.
keep on cranking em out, i love em.
January 7, 2010 Subject:
Hey, thanks SDH!
Yeah, this one does have that Jacob's Ladder sort of edge to it...all the way up to the top of Franklin's Tower! Can't get much more heavenly from that place on high...
January 7, 2010 Subject:
Not THAT'S what I'm talkin' bout
Finally, this show has gotten the matrix treatment it so richly deserves. Previous one had some serious issues regarding tracking, but this one is seemless. I will save you from my typical endless rambling about this, save to say that there are more than a few moments here where I can honestly say I saw the heavens open up and the voices of angels cascade down upon me. If you're not a matrix fan I don't know what to tell you. If you are, this one is a keeper.
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